Incident Summary:

01/14/2017: An assailant set fire to Bellevue mosque in Bellevue, Washington, United States. There were no reported casualties in the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the incident; however, authorities arrested Isaac Wayne Wilson in connection with the attack.



United States

North America

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Religious Figures/Institutions
Name of Entity Islamic Center of Eastside
Specific Description Mosque
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) No
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information There is doubt that this incident meets terrorism-related criteria. Sources suspected that the assailant may have had a personal motive for attacking the mosque. The assailant previously attended the mosque to pray but was removed after using profanities.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Anti-Muslim extremists (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 1
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Bellevue mosque damaged in suspected arson; man arrested," Seattle Times, January 14, 2017.
"Muslim group sees 'hate crime' in arson committed by a homeless man," SperoNews, January 15, 2017.
"Bellevue Mosque Fire Was Arson: Police," Bellevue Patch, January 14, 2017.